Guys, we’ve all been there. You step off the train in a new city, for a business meeting or big night out, and you suddenly realise your barnet is more Catweazle than George Clooney. If you’re in Manchester, you’re in luck. The city has an abundance of hairdressers for men, ranging from fiercely traditional barbers to cutting edge coiffeurs. Whatever your style, there’s a pair of scissors with your name of them. Looking for a haircut so good, you’ll come back to the city for more? Read on.
Here are our picks
Based in the heart of the thriving Northern Quarter, Rubber Soul towers over the competition when it comes to stylish and affordable haircuts. With a soundtrack of blues, rock and the best local bands, Rubber Soul is championed by all manner of Manchester-based musicians looking for something a little more special than short back and sides. Headed by the expert men’s hairdresser Davey, and his equally-skilled colleague Leanne, this hidden gem is no bog-standard stuffy barbers. Word of mouth is everything when it comes to great haircuts, and there’s a good reason people travel here from around the country.
Want a quick, no-fuss trim? Crown Barbers on Deansgate is an excellent choice. Always busy and impressively consistent, this is tailor-made for the city gent with no time to spare.
Another Northern Quarter gem, RPB aka Ross Paralane’s Barber shop, is a relative newcomer to the city but has already become a firm favourite with local footballers, both City and United. Best of all? It’s the only barbershop in Manchester with an alcohol license. Perfect if you want to start your night early.
Retro by name, retro by nature, Barbarella hairdressers has been tucked away at the back of the city’s leading vintage emporium, Pop Boutique, for longer than anyone can remember. Hairstyles might change but the space has remained admirably resistant to change, right down to the Jane Fonda prints from the sixties sci-fi film it took its name from.
Based on Manchester’s equivalent of Carnaby Street, this King Street barbers has a suitably high-end feel, full of dark leather and traditional wood panelling. It’s a gentleman’s establishment, providing hairstyles to match.